'Get in the Game' at chamber event

"Get in the Game" is the theme of this year's Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce annual Charter Night.

Chamber president Brian DeLeonardo is a big fan of sports and wanted to highlight the similarities between sports and business by saluting Baltimore's sports traditions.

"Teamwork is necessary in both venues," chamber executive director Brian Ditto said.

He mentioned that one of the purposes of the chamber is "all of the businesses in the community working together for a common good".

"We had all our fingers crossed that the Ravens would be victorious," he said.

Even with the Ravens recent playoff loss, the chamber still plans to celebrate Baltimore's sports history at the event.

Charter night will feature a special appearance by Baltimore Ravens defensive end Cory Redding, the Ravens mascot Poe, and the Oriole bird.

The menu of the evening will also be sports themed, featuring orange and purple cupcakes for the Orioles and Ravens as well as Orioles and Ravens-themed salads.

This year at charter night, they'll be introducing five new board members and a new executive officer.

Kirsten Beck, a former chamber president will take on the role as secretary.

Ryan Cole, of PayChex in Owings Mills, Steven Jenkins of Eline Funeral Home in Reisterstown, Reisterstown resident Barry Willen of National Financial Legacy Group, Sally Shapiro of Millers Minuteman Press, and Irwin Kramer of Kramer and Connolly law firm in Reisterstown are the new Chamber board members.

"We continually want to try to make sure that we have representation from the whole range of businesses in the area," Ditto said.

This year, the chamber will be acknowledging the organizations, programs and other causes for which it raised funds.

Those include the Bloomin' 5k Walk for Northwest Hospital and LifeBridge Health, the Taste of the Town event, which benefited the Community Crisis Center, and ongoing scholarship funds for local high school students.

As far as the Chamber's move to their new location on Main Street on Reisterstown, Ditto says that it "has been great".

They now have the added advantage of being at street level and more easily accessible to people in the community.

Ditto said the launch of a revamped website has also made it easier for community members to stay in touch with the chamber, submit information about events, and host videos.

Charter Night 2012 is Thursday, Feb. 23 from 6-9 p.m. at the Pikesville Hilton, Preakness Ballroom at 1726 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville.

For more information, call the Chamber at 410-702-7073 or visit http://www.romgchamber.com.

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